Freephone information line: 1800 45 45 55

New-look website offers equal access to all women

(10 Feb 2012)

CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme is committed to providing information and services that are equally accessible to all women, including those with special needs. In line with this commitment, CervicalCheck has re-designed this website to ensure it operates in line with the highest accessibility standards.

The site is designed in accordance with the W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and is compliant with Level 2AA standard. A range of accessibility-friendly changes have been made to the design of the site and it is fully compatible with screen readers. It also offers three text size options – normal, large and largest – which can increase the size of the text viewed on the page.

Images are only used where necessary and audio files are available in various sections throughout the site. A printer-friendly version of the site is available to remove all web-based formatting and print the pages in a logical A4 format.

CervicalCheck has looked at every aspect of its screening service to ensure accessibility. Accordingly, all CervicalCheck information leaflets have been granted the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) Plain English Mark. There is a pictorial-led leaflet for women that simply explains the smear test process. The information leaflets ‘About your free smear test’ and ‘About your smear test results’ have been translated into Braille and audio format and can be downloaded from the CervicalCheck website. The ‘Information sheet for women’ that is offered to all women who attend for a free smear test, is available in 12 different languages, including Braille.

CervicalCheck has appointed an access officer to facilitate access to, and provide information about the programme specifically for women with special needs. The CervicalCheck access officer can be contacted on 061 406 500 or by email at access@cervicalcheck.ie.

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For further information: Sheila Caulfield/Clare Manning, National Cancer Screening Service, Tel: 01-8659 300.

The National Cancer Screening Service is part of the Health Service Executive's Cancer Control Programme. It encompasses BreastCheck The National Breast Screening Programme,
CervicalCheck The National Cervical Screening Programme and BowelScreen - The National Bowel Screening Programme.

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